Centra By Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi Ao Nang Provincia Krabi Thailanda
Bustling Krabi Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves, but mid-city you’re more likely to be awe-struck…
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Bustling Krabi Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves, but mid-city you’re more likely to be awe-struck by the sheer volume of guesthouses, travel agencies and building work packed into this quirky, compact town. It's a key transport hub, around which a busy traveller scene continues to evolve. Western restaurants and free wi-fi are ubiquitous, as are gift shops selling the usual trinkets.
And yet, if you hang around a while, you’ll see that there’s also a very real provincial scene going on between the cracks.
The estuarine town of KRABI is both provincial capital and major hub for onward travel to some of the region’s most popular islands and beaches, including Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Ao Nang, Klong Muang and Laem Phra Nang (Railay). So efficient are the transport links that you don’t really need to stop here, but it also makes an appealing base, strung out along the west bank of the Krabi estuary, with mangrove-lined shorelines to the east, craggy limestone outcrops on every horizon, and plenty of guesthouses. The beaches of Ao Nang and Railay are both within 45 minutes of town, and other nearby attractions include the mangrove swamps and Ko Klang peninsula across the estuary, the dramatically sited Tiger Cave Temple at Wat Tham Seua and Khao Phanom Bencha National Park. A number of organized day-trips in the Krabi area, including snorkelling and kayaking excursions, are available (see Activities around Krabi, Ao Nang and Laem Phra Nang).
Krabi town has no unmissable sights, but is small enough for a pleasant stroll around its main landmarks. Its chief attraction is its setting, and a good way to appreciate this is to follow the paved riverside walkway down to the fishing port, about 800m south of Tha Chao Fa; several hotels capitalize on the views here, across to mangrove-ringed Ko Klang, and towards the southern end the walkway borders the municipal Thara Park.
Inland, in the centre of town, you can’t fail to notice the bizarre sculptures of hulking anthropoid apes clutching two sets of traffic lights apiece at the Thanon Maharat/Soi 10 crossroads. They are meant to represent Krabi’s most famous ancestors, the tailless Siamopithecus oceanus, whose forty-million-year-old remains were found in a lignite mine in the south of the province and are believed by scientists to be among the earliest examples worldwide of the ape-to-human evolutionary process.
One of Thailand’s oldest settlements, Krabi is an important center of tourism along the coast. The beaches and local islands make any visit an ideal stop during any Thailand vacation. From the beaches to the local islands to the offshore reefs, this is a great place to explore the waters off the Thailand coast.
If you want to cool off, start with a refreshing swim in the Emerald Pool, a spring-fed natural pond surrounded by trees. To find it, head up the walkway for a path into the jungle. You can also get a boat to Railay Beach, secluded cove, for a special outing. To see the other parts of the area, take the Four Island Tour. This will bring you to several islands including Chicken Island, Tup, Mawr, and Poda island with excellent offshore reefs ideal for snorkeling.
Krabi, a coastal province, abounds with countless natural attractions that never fail to impress tourists. Such attractions include white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, fascinating coral reefs, caves and waterfalls, as well as numerous islands.
The distinguishing feature of both Krabi and neighbouring Phang Nga is the massive limestone karsts, rising vertiginously out of the flat rice paddies on land and as islands from the sea. Add in some gorgeous beaches and excellent scuba diving and rock climbing, and it's little wonder that tourism in the area has been booming.
Railay Beach is, in fact, a small peninsula which counts four beaches. Now on every savvy traveller's list, Railay is nevertheless one of Thailand's most sought-after beach areas. Just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a rocky headland and accessible only by boat, Railay presents a tranquil and extraordinary world. In just one small peninsula you'll find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs, shaped and fed by the changing tides. All within walking distance! At Railay there are no roads; only footpaths. No buses, no cars, just longtail boats. Although it's actually connected to the mainland, the spectacular Phra Nang Peninsular is effectively cut off from the rest of Krabi by limestone headlands and steep jungle valleys; the only access is by sea. The very picture of tropical paradise, with no roads and no hassle, Railay offers lazy days, adventure forays and chilled-out evenings.
Koh Poda is one of the most popular islands in Krabi archipelago. Located just six kilometres offshore from Ao Nang, it roughly takes 25 minutes to get there by long-tail boat. The price for a return ticket is about 300 baht per person; note that if you travel alone, you will have to wait for the long-tail boat to be full according to its capacity before you set off. Mu Koh Poda or Poda Island group consists of four islands: Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Tap and Koh Mor. Koh Poda is the largest of the group despite its area being no more than a kilometre in diameter. Covered with palm and pine trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach, it is every inch the stunning tropical getaway. A coral reef lies about 20 metres from the beach with a variety of sea life. The irresistible combination of excellent snorkelling, scenery and soft sand make the island a popular choice for snorkelers and sea kayakers, but surprisingly, it's not that crowded.
Krabi Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) is a unique attraction in southern Thailand. Krabi is well-known for areas of outstanding natural beauty and one place that should make your must-see list is the Emerald Pool in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, an unusual lowland forest rich in bio-diversity, complete with a nature trail and a crystal pond. Located in the Khao Pra-Bang Kram area, the nature trek is a superb place to spot rare animals and plant species including the Pitta Gurney bird which was once considered extinct. The forest is lush with age-old trees stretching up to the sky, unusual forest creatures and limestone foothills that open onto a dazzling emerald pool. There is a park office close by at Ban Bang Teao which offers some information although their primary goal is to ensure that the no-hunting zone is enforced and that no harm comes to this naturally beautiful sanctuary.
Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua offers a genuine spiritual experience in stunning natural surroundings. Located close to Krabi town this is one of Thailand’s finest natural wonders and definitely worth a visit. The temple here is a warren of natural caves formed within a lush jungle and home to monks who worship and live in this beautiful environment. There are interesting icons and relics in the main temple cave but the real attraction here is the ‘footprint of the Buddha’. To get to this historic site you need to hike 1,237 steps up a limestone tower which is a challenging climb especially in the Thai climate. Those who make it to the top are compensated with panoramic 360 degree views of the amazing Andaman Sea, tropical islands, dramatic limestone cliff formations, verdant rainforests and ‘the Buddha’s footprint’. The incomparable vistas are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset which is also the best time to climb up and avoid the heat and humidity.
Krabi Town is a market Thai town that was around long before international tourists started to visit the area. It's charming, laid back, and as much as the word is overused, it's very local. Tourism has arrived, but Krabi Town doesn't jump through hoops to bring in foreigners; as the main commercial and transit point for the province, it doesn't need to. Its unique personality is a welcome contrast to the surrounding beach areas. The river is a hub of activity with fishing boats and river taxis ferrying both locals and visitors to spots near and far and the pier to the west of town is the place to catch a ride to the surrounding beaches and islands. Many visitors hurry to the big name destinations - Railay, Ao Nang, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi - getting in and out of town as quickly as possible. But for those interested in a dose of genuine Thai culture and hospitality, sticking around Krabi Town is a rewarding experience.
Rock climbing. Krabi is a world class rock-climbing destination, with the distinctive limestone karst formations offer a wide variety of climbs
Diving. Krabi rivals Ko Tao on Thailand's east coast as a centre for diving, with a number of renowned dive sites in the Andaman sea, with many dive shops in Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta in particular set up to cater for them.
Boat Trips. Boat travel is one of the major ways to visit some of the more secluded beaches on the Krabi mainland, as well as the many islands and islets dotting the Andaman sea. A wide variety of options to suit different budgets is available, from distinctive longtail boats used by the locals to speedboats and cruise ships.
Centra by Centara Hotels & Resorts invites you to discover Krabi, one of Thailand’s most stunning destinations. The new Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi is modern yet exotic, bursting with fresh new style and enjoying a beautiful tropical setting only a short drive away from Ao Nang.
Welcoming and sleek, the resort has 158 rooms whose design echoes the surroundings and offers the option of a pool view or residential comfort for families. As for children, they’re definitely well taken care of. There’s also a children’s pool, and the resort offers family-friendly residences with bunk beds.
Fill your days with exciting adventures in and around Krabi, underwater explorations in the Andaman Sea, or slow down a little and relax poolside with a backdrop of limestone formation and lush forest.
Krabi International Airport is reached in approximately 35 minutes by road while Phuket is two and a half hours away from the resort.
Designed as a modern oasis tucked in verdant surroundings, the infinity swimming pool is perfect to laze the day away and has relaxation pods, a pool bar, and a separate pool for children.
If you’re feeling active and up for a challenge, why not try activities such as cycling across the Krabi countryside to Khao Phanom Bencha waterfalls or to Khlong Tom’s Emerald Pool; rock-climbing in Railay Bay, or snorkelling and island-hopping at nearby Koh Poda, Koh Tub, Koh Kai, Koh Hong and Bamboo Island. For water sports enthusiasts and divers, sea canoeing, exploring the secret lagoons of Ao Phang Nga, and diving in the Andaman Sea are must-dos.
For something even closer, don’t give up on your good intentions – get a virtuous glow from a solid workout at the resort’s well-equipped fitness centre.
There’s plenty of shopping to be had at nearby Ao Nang, and golfing and any other activities you might fancy can be arranged by the resort.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Cuisines served: Thai and international
Seating capacity: 132 seats
Found on the first floor, flanking the swimming pool and with great views of the tropical surroundings, the all-day dining restaurant has a large international and Thai a la carte menu. You can enjoy varied buffet-style breakfasts, then move on to our signature Thai dishes for lunch and dinner, and also take your pick from a selection of international fare, sandwiches and salads. You’ll also enjoy the option of dining al fresco on the terrace or in air-conditioned comfort.
Dine on local delicacies or international flavours from the comfort of your own room or family residence, available throughout the day until 22.00pm.
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